|EXPLAINING IT AWAY!
DID ELLEN WHITE HAVE FALSE VISIONS?
"I was shown the company present at the conference. Said the angel, 'Some food for worms, some subjects of the seven last plagues, some will be alive and remain upon the earth to be translated at the coming of Jesus.' (Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 131)
This was spoken well over 130 years ago, needless to say, each and every person that was at this meeting is now dead; not one tasted of the plagues and not one remained alive to see the return of Jesus. The Bible tells us one test of a true prophet is if what the prophet says comes to pass. Clearly Ellen was speaking ‘presumptuously’; and she would have faced dire consequences in the days of Moses (Deuteronomy 18:20).
The SDA denomination is very well aware of this vision; and they have invented two theories in an attempt to explain it way, and to salvage their prophet. We will give you both of their arguments and then we will refute their explanation with the word of God. The first way is, they tell us it was a “Conditional” prophecy. A ‘conditional prophecy’ is a prophecy where GOD tells us the future ‘IF’ we do a certain thing. For instance, God warned Israel of their fait if they did not repent, and he foretold their blessings if they did. Yet is the day of Christ’s return ‘conditional’? Remarkably the SDA Church tells us YES. And they base this belief on the faulty rendering of 2nd Peter 3:11-12, which reads in the King James Version.
"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God."
They say, “See, you can hasten the coming of Jesus”. But this passage is actually speaking of the final destruction of the earth after the thousand-year reign! And still we cannot make that day come any faster. Notice the following translations of this verse.
2Pe 3:12 as you look forward to the day of God and eagerly wait for it to come. When that day comes, heaven will be on fire and will be destroyed. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and melt. (GW)
-12 Looking for and truly desiring the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will come to an end through fire, and the substance of the earth will be changed by the great heat? (BBE)
- 12 eagerly looking forward to the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens, all ablaze, will be destroyed, and the elements will melt in the fierce heat? (WEY)
12 looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (ASV)
Clearly it is not teaching us we can cause the day of Christ’s return to come sooner. When I was a member of the SDA Denomination I heard many a time our Pastor say that if we had done the work, Jesus could of came back 100 years ago. I knew this was ‘hogwash’ for I knew that GOD had knew me before the foundation of the world, He planned my birth, and where I would be born, and who I would be born to. He knew I would repent and be baptized before Adam and Eve knew what a serpent was! I was no accident brought on by the laziness of the SDA Denomination. So I knew what the Pastor was saying was against the Bible but at the time I didn’t know Ellen White had taught such a doctrine.
"Had Adventists, after the great disappointment in 1844, held fast their faith ... receiving the message and proclaiming it to the world, they would have seen the salvation of God, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts, the work would have been completed, and Christ would have come ere this to receive his people to their reward ... it was not the will of God the coming of Christ should be thus delayed." (Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 68)
Another similar passage:
"Had the purpose of God been carried out by His people in giving the world the message of mercy, Christ would, ere this, have come to the earth, and the saints would have received their welcome into the city of God." (Testimonies 6, p. 450)
But what does the Bible tell us? The Bible says, "He hath appointed a day to judge the world." (Acts 17:31)
The first advent of our Saviour was on schedule and there is no reason to believe that His second advent will not be on schedule and preplanned, as are all other major events in God's overall plan.
Further, in Daniel 8:19 we find, "For at the time appointed, the end shalt be."
By all means, we are instructed to pray that His Kingdom will come but that does not mean that our prayers or any of our deeds will actually have any effect on the date. We find that Daniel prayed for future events even though he knew God had set a specific fixed date.
Doesn’t GOD know the exact day and hour of Jesus’ coming? Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”.
Jesus said the Father knew the day and the hour of his return.
This should be no surprise since the bible says God knows everything: “1Jo 3:20 …God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all thing”.
GOD knew from the very foundation of the world the exact date of Jesus’ birth, baptism, death and resurrection (Which he accurately foretold in Daniel 9); and he knows the exact day and hour of Jesus’ second coming. (It is very interesting that my former Pastor didn’t know the Bible taught that God knew everything. I had to point 1st John 3:20 out to him). The Bible totally refutes the idea that the day of Jesus’ return is ‘conditional’. Now we turn to the second popular explanation.
The Second explanation which is given by the Adventist People concerning this ‘vision’ is: “There will be a small resurrection at the time of the plagues, some people of all ages will be in it, including some from that conference meeting”. This is of course an ‘extra-biblical’ doctrine, nowhere in the bible are we told of such a resurrection. It is also contrary to the vision that they are trying to support. Remember Ellen said this: “some will be alive and remain upon the earth to be translated at the coming of Jesus.” These people, her Angel says, will be alive and remain upon the earth to be translated, she did not say they would die and then be resurrected to be translated! What a miserable attempt to justify a false vision.
I want to look at three verses that have been used to teach this ‘early resurrection’ doctrine. The first is in the book of Daniel chapter twelve, where it reads.
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
“See here” Says some, “This is a special resurrection, for all do not rise, but only many; made up of the very worse and the very best”. I must reply, this teaches no such thing. This is in direct reference to the two general resurrections, of the just and of the unjust. It is speaking of nothing else. Jesus almost quoted it directly when he said: “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” John 5:29
“Then why” they will ask, “Does it say ‘many’ that sleep?” For many of those who sleep shall awake to everlasting life, the rest to everlasting contempt. The verse more accurately reads: “And many that sleep in the dust of earth shall awake to life eternal, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” The MANY are those who are saved, and thus purified (see Daniel 12:10). This verse gives absolutely no credibility to a small ‘early’ resurrection.
The second verse used to persuade people of this ‘early resurrection’ is found in the first chapter of Revelation, where it reads.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
The proponents of this doctrine will quickly say, “See, the soldiers who pierced him, even Pilate shall be alive to see the Lord’s coming”. But dear friends, the phrase ‘those who pierced him’ is not in reference to the individuals who actually nailed Christ to the cross, but rather to the tribe who called for His murder, that denied his resurrection and persecuted His saints, the nation of Israel. John was directly quoting Zechariah 12:10 where God explains that it is the house of David.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
The third verse, which is used, is found in the book of Matthew, where Jesus says the following to the Jewish High Priest. “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven”. Matthew 26:64
With this verse in tongue and cheek they will explain, “Jesus told the High Priest He would be alive when He returns, thus there must be an early resurrection.” But what did Jesus truly say? He said “Hereafter”, or henceforth is the real meaning (It is also this way in Luke 22:69, the Greek in both cases being literally ‘from now’). The word refers to something that would be true onward from the time of speaking.
The Jewish leaders of that day did not literally see Jesus sitting at the right hand of GOD, nor will they see Him return in the clouds; but rather the Jewish nation through out history saw the miracles of the Apostles and works done through the gift of the holy Spirit which made manifest to the religious leaders of the Jews that He had sat down at the right hand of GOD, and it would be so until He returns to gather His saints, and to take vengeance upon the Jewish nation along with all the tribes of the earth. Yet, In another sense, Jesus was referring to Himself being raised to the right hand of GOD and receiving the Kingdom and judgment from the Father. He is telling Caiaphas the High Priest, that the day will come when He will be the Judge and Caiaphas the culprit; for He is using the prophetic language in Daniel 7:13 and Psalms 110:1; thus Jesus was clearly proclaiming himself to be the Messiah, He was not telling Caiaphas that he would be alive at His return. It is contrary to the Bible to believe in an ‘early resurrection’ as it is also contrary to the scripture to have faith in a prophet who speaketh lies. This doctrine is merely an attempt to reconcile the Bible to the failed visions of Ellen White.
The conclusion concerning this vision is thus: If God told these people in the 1800’s ‘through’ Ellen White that His Son was coming in their lifetime then GOD plainly and purposely lied; for obviously GOD knew His Son was not coming at that time! My friend someone was lying that day at the conference, but it was not the GOD OF THE BIBLE. The Seventh Day Adventists must admit one of two things: A. GOD did not know the day and hour of Christ’s coming. Or B. Ellen White prophesied a lie.